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Bulgaria: Minister resigns over alleged misuse of EU funds

May. 15, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Bulgarian government says the country's agriculture minister has resigned amid allegations about the misuse of European Union funds. A government statement Wednesday says that while Rumen Porozhanov denies wrongdoing, he has stepped down to avoid attacks against him affecting the...

Truck drivers become key EU election issue in Bulgaria

May. 14, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The future of Bulgaria's vast number of low-wage truck drivers has become a top campaign issue in the country heading into European Parliament elections, with debates raging on how new EU rules could threaten the workers and deepen divisions between rich and poor nations in the bloc....

Bids in to operate main airport in Bulgaria capital of Sofia

May. 9, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Five international investors are bidding for a 35-year concession to operate the main ?irport in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Bulgaria's transport ministry said Thursday that all five bidders met the tender requirements. As well as paying an annual lease to the Bulgarian...

The Latest: Pope hears from married Eastern rite priest

May. 7, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local): 6 p.m. An Eastern rite Catholic priest has told Pope Francis during a visit to North Macedonia that he is a better priest because he is married and has a family. The Rev. Goce Kostov, a member of the...

Pope in Bulgaria says refugees need love; Orthodox stay away

May. 6, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis told refugees Monday in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center that they are bearing the "cross of humanity," as he pressed his call for the migrant-skeptic Balkan country to welcome poor and desperate foreigners with love. On his second and final day in Bulgaria, Francis...

The Latest: Orthodox reps not at pope's multi-faith event

May. 6, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Bulgaria (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Pope Francis is presiding over a peace meeting in Bulgaria with members of the Balkan country's different faith communities and a children's choir singing "We Are the World." There were no immediate signs at...

Pope urges migrant-skeptic Bulgarians to open hearts, homes

May. 5, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing so much of its population to emigration, should well understand the forces that drive people to seek better lives elsewhere. As he arrived in the...

The Latest: Traveling pope urges 'revolution of charity'

May. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Pope Francis called for a "revolution of charity" based on God's love while celebrating his first Mass in the majority Orthodox nation of Bulgaria. The Vatican, citing local organizers, estimated 12,000 people...

Pope tends to Orthodox ties, Catholic minorities in Balkans

May. 4, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of Bulgaria and North Macedonia. Francis will also minister to the countries' tiny Catholic communities and meet...

Far-right leaders rally in Bulgaria ahead of EU elections

May. 3, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Far-right party leaders have accused the European Union of promoting migration policies that aim to destroy the values of EU member nations. Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally, and Gerolf Annemans, president of the EU parliament's Movement for a Europe of Nations and...